36 million Deaf and hard-of-hearing (HOH) people in the United States have limited entertainment options due to the lack of captioning or subtitles for movies. There have been improvements in the entertainment industry, but there is a need to be served that hasn't been achieved. Therefore, a petition has been being promoted to affect positive change and better access for the Deaf an HOH by Netflix, Inc.
"After learning about the Class Action lawsuit by Don Cullen and The Weston Firm, realizing the new requirements of the "Twenty-First Century Communications and Video Accessibility Act of 2010", struggling with my own hearing loss, and being an avid Netflix subscriber I decided that consumer activism can affect great change in corporate policy and actions. Thus, I started the Netflix petition, with the great assistance of Change.org." Sebastian Barrett St.Troy, petition originator commented.
Already the petition has received almost half of the signatures, with a goal of 2,000 we believe that many deaf and HOH are interested in improving access but are unaware of how to achieve it. With over 36 million deaf and HOH in the United States, the petition should obtain many more thousands of supporters and signatures. Help us send a message to Netflix: Make films accessible!
"I am an interpreter for the deaf and have a deep love and concern for them. Many times I recommend a movie to a deaf friend, then realize it doesn't have caption capabilities. It really doesn't seem fair to them and makes their world smaller because they lack resources for information, education, and entertainment. Please make this change!" Commented one of the petition signees.
To show your support and sign the petition, please click here to visit Change.org's online Netflix petition
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